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Department for Environmental Affairs HQ

Green Star Leadership Awards

The new headquarters of the South African government’s Department for Environmental Affairs (DEA) won the Project and Organisation Award at the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Green Star Leadership Awards.

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Green Star Leadership Awards The DEA headquarters is the first government building in South Africa to achieve the GBCSA six green star rating.

Mott MacDonald PDNA served as sustainable building consultant, carried out a sustainable design review, and provided mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, traffic, vertical transportation and fire engineering services.

The DEA ensures the constitutional right of South Africans to a clean environment that is not harmful to their health or wellbeing. The low energy technologies, water saving features, renewable energy sources and advanced building management system used in its new headquarters reflect those principles. Careful consideration of form and fabric has contributed to a building that enhances occupant experience while minimising its environmental impact.

The building was one of only two to secure a six green star rating from the GBCSA in 2013 and secured a comfortable points victory over its nearest rival. This included a top innovation rating score, reflecting our design team’s commitment to delivering innovation in sustainability on the project.

The project is also the first public private partnership (PPP) in South Africa to be Green Star rated, setting a market-leading precedent for the country’s PPP environment.

The judges said: “This is the first government building in South Africa to achieve a six green star rating and it received the highest score to date for a commercial office space of this magnitude. A stellar accomplishment.”

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